TABS program introduces FWISD students to health, science

Approximately 100 Fort Worth ninth-graders will have the opportunity to graduate high school with more than 60 hours of college credit in the biomedical sciences thanks to a collaboration among the UNT Health Science Center, the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) and the University of North Texas.

The program, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS), is funded for the first five years by a $720,000 grant from the Sid Richardson Foundation.

"The TABS program will be unique in Texas," said Robert Kaman, JD, PhD, professor and associate dean for graduate studies. "It establishes a partnership between the Health Science Center and the FWISD, and offers Fort Worth families the opportunity to prepare their children for careers in the biomedical sciences, public health and the health professions at our own institution. It will promote the development of a diverse and skilled workforce in this critical component of our society in Fort Worth."

The program will launch with eighth-grade students attending a TABS Prep Academy at Stripling Middle School this fall. These students will form the basis for the initial class of 100-120 ninth-graders in the TABS high school program beginning in 2011.

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